CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Tales From DalesRail


DalesRail may not be operating in 2020 but that doesn’t stop us sharing our many interesting experiences about our journeys. We hope you will share your interesting stories, favourite walk, fascinating anecdotes and pictures to create a ‘Virtual DalesRail’. Hopefully these will give people an idea of what the iconic DalesRail service has to offer and to encourage them to join us when the service resumes in 2021.

Katie, a member of the CRL team, has made a short Doodly animation to give details of ‘Tales from DalesRail’ and this can be viewed below:

Click the links below to download and read the very different reminiscences of the people who have used DalesRail over the years.

A Poem – John Barnes

A Time for Celebration – Simon Clarke  

An Original DalesRailer (Jessica Lofthouse) – Craig Ward – part 1

An Original DalesRailer (Jessica Lofthouse) – Craig Ward – part 2

Appleby Horse Fair – Aiden Turner Bishop

Appleby Town Trail – Aiden Turner Bishop

Carlisle – Aidan Turner Bishop

DalesRail, The Scenic Route – Simon Clarke

Dent Station to Dent (and back) – John Barnes

Dufton Chicken Race – Richard Watts 

Garsdale – Craig Ward

Pen-y-Ghent, a strenuous walk – John Barnes

Podgill & Merrygill Viaducts – Richard Watts

Ribblehead – John Barnes & Richard Watts

Smardale – John Barnes

Swaledale – A walk from Muker to Gunnerside – John Barnes

Walks from the Bentham Line 1963

What I like about DalesRail – Barbara Mulholland


If you have a story that you would like to share then please send them in with any images (high resolution please) to either or to